35006 P&O back in business!

Yesterday, on Monday 16th May 2016 35006 P&O made her triumphant return to steam after over 30 years of painstaking restoration by volunteers at Toddington on the GWSR. Thanks to the generosity (and slight disorganisation 😉 ) of my co-bloggers (thanks again chaps!), I went along to the shareholders’ and supporters’ launch ceremony. When I…

Locomotives on Display at Sheffield Park 2014

No visit to the Bluebell Railway is complete without a peak inside the engine shed, which is home to the largest collection of locomotives of (UK) Southern origin.  The Bluebell Line has another remarkable claim to fame to add to this – it has the largest collection of BR Standard Classes.  Indeed, this collection is…

Stars of the Mid-Hants Spring Steam Gala 2014 Part 8 – Schools Class 925 Cheltenham

This is the last blog post looking at the stars of the Watercress Line Spring Steam Gala 2014 and the third product of Richard Maunsell (the other two being 850 Lord Nelson and U class 31806).  As with Lord Nelson, this locomotive is a member of the National Collection and preserved in the vibrant Malachite Green…